A week in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 

Mount Rushmore inspires patriotism in many people who visit. Kevin and I arrived at 8:00 am to see Mount Rushmore. The crowds don’t descended on Rushmore this early in the morning. It was quiet. When I looked up at Mount Rushmore,  I felt a moment of awe at seeing the granite faces. The presidents ….George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.


Mt Rushmore National Memorial

The sculpture isn’t finished. Congress shut off the funds. The sculpture was suppose to be full waist portraits of the president’s. Inside the Sculpture Studio is a model of the finished product. I didn’t get a picture of it. Sorry! The monument is free but there is a $11.00 parking fee.

I saw a sign in town with the words the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets with Nicholas Cage was filmed here at Mt Rushmore. I didn’t find a city of gold under Mt Rushmore (mentioned in the film) but Mt Rushmore did inspire me. We walked the President Trail, watched a film in the visitor center, saw how the faces were made and stood for one brief moment in awe of this sculpture and the men who made it.

Crazy Horse Memorial

We drove by the Crazy Horse Memorial. The memorial isn’t finished yet but I hope it gets done in our lifetime. When finished it will be the world’s largest mountain carving.

Jewel Cave National Monument

“The excitement of discovery, the elation and despair, The thrill of pushing forward to discover what is there;….”  Jan Conn, explorer

In 1908, Theodore Roosevelt established Jewel Cave as a National Monument. Kevin and I did the scenic tour inside the caves. Its a 1 hour 20 minute tour of the caves. The Jewel Cave National Monument hasn’t been fully explored. Inside the cave are places that no human has seen. Its exciting to think that some places are still unexplored in the world.



Deadwood is known as the wildest, wickedest and wooliest town in the West. It was where Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down and where Calamity Jane claimed she could out drink, outswear and outspit any man.

We arrived in Deadwood on a labor day weekend.  I saw several casinos, stores and tours. We found a virtual geocache in the Mt Moriah Cemetery. There’s also a historic walk hosted by the Black Hill Volksmarch Club. The entire town of Deadwood is a Registered National Historic Landmark. We saw Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Janes burial site, had lunch and did the virtual geocache at the cemetery. It started to rain so we couldn’t do the historic volksmarch.

Wind Cave National Park

In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill that established Wind Cave as the 7th National Park in America. Wind Cave National Park is the sixth  longest caves in the world. We saw Bison, Antelope & Prairie Dogs Here. Wind Cave has more than 100 miles of rare and unusual box work, frostwork and popcorn formations.

Hot Springs Volksmarch

This volksmarch is called the Historic Hot Springs Volksmarch. This is our first 10k. I loved it! We walk around the town of Hot Springs, South Dakota. The volksmarch took us through a few parks, the downtown area and so much more. This volksmarch is hosted by the Black Hill Volksmarching Association. They did a good job.

Rapid City Farmers Market 

This is a good size farmers market on Saturday morning. I saw veggies, fruits, soaps, honey, bread, bbq food, lamb and more. I bought a Woonsocket South Dakota Muskmelon. I usually stick with cantaloupe but I was feeling adventuresome. The vendor told me its ready to eat.

Happy RVing!

Wildlife Spotting

  • Bison
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Prairie Dog


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